Wisden’s Team of the tournament

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Jun 30, 2024, 02:32

Only Nortje makes it 

Rohit Sharma (India) - Captain

257 runs @ 36.71, SR: 156.70

The India skipper has reinvented his batting, looking to go hard from ball one irrespective of the conditions and the opposition. He hit 15 sixes in eight innings, the third-most in the tournament, ensuring his team got off to flying starts even as his opening partner Virat Kohli struggled. He also gets extra points for leading India to the first World Cup win in 11 years and will lead the Team of the Tournament.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan)

281 runs @ 35.12, SR: 124.33

Afghanistan's two openers made more than 500 runs between them. Next on the list for Afghanistan was Azmatullah Omarzai, with 111. Gurbaz made three fifties but what stood out was how he played according to the situations more often than not. He started with three blistering knocks but played carefully crafted knocks against Australia, making 60 in 49, and Bangladesh (43 in 55).

Nicholas Pooran (West Indies)

228 runs @ 38, SR: 146.15

Pooran was the only batter to score more than 150 runs for West Indies in the World Cup. One of the best T20 players of his generation, Pooran adapted well according to the different conditions on offer. He struck a run-a-ball 27 against the PNG on a sluggish wicket and then blasted his way to a 53-ball 98 against Afghanistan to take his team into the Super Eights in style.

Suryakumar Yadav (India)

199 runs @ 28.42, SR: 135

The average doesn't leap of the page, but SKY proved his big-tournament mettle at the T20 World Cup. There was a battling half-century on a tough pitch against USA, a blistering half-century and a fast cameo against Afghanistan and Australia in the Super Eights, and then another tough masterclass in the semi-final against England.

Marcus Stoinis (Australia)

169 runs @ 42.25, SR: 164.07 
10 wickets @ 15.10, ER: 8.88

Stoinis had the best strike rate among all Australia batters in the T20 World Cup, signifying how crucial he was for the team in the middle order. He made two fifties and ended with an average of 42.25, making at least 30 at a strike rate over 175 in three of five innings. He was also the team’s second-highest wicket-taker after Adam Zampa, picking up a wicket in every game he bowled in.

Hardik Pandya (India)

144 runs @ 48, SR: 151.57 
11 wickets @ 17.36, ER: 7.64

Hardik scripted a fine turnaround, from copping brickbats in the IPL to bowling the winning delivery as India clinched the title. The only player to make more than 100 runs and pick up more than 10 wickets in the T20 World Cup, Pandya played the part of the finisher to perfection, striking in excess of 155 in his last few knocks in the event. He also picked up wickets in crucial moments, including taking 3-20 in the final.

Axar Patel (India)

9 wickets @ 19.22, ER: 7.86

Axar picked up a wicket in seven of his eight innings in the T20 World Cup, with India using him judiciously according to the conditions on offer. He also played a match-turning knock with the bat in the summit clash, with his 31-ball 47 arresting a collapse after India fell to 34-3.

Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

14 wickets @ 12.78, ER: 6.17

After an indifferent IPL following an injury, Rashid bounced back to form in the T20 World Cup, picking up 14 scalps, the second-most for his team. While his bowling would always be key, Rashid also played a crucial cameo with the bat, with his 10-ball 19 allowing Afghanistan to edge out Australia in the Super Eight clash. He impressed with his leadership skills too, taking his team into their first-ever World Cup semi-final.

Jasprit Bumrah (India)

15 wickets @ 8.26, ER: 4.17

The first name to make the list, Bumrah was simply unplayable, ending with an economy rate of 4.17, the best among all bowlers with at least 10 wickets. He produced magic moments when India needed them, including in the final and won the Player of the Tournament award. His performances once again sparked conversations about his position in the all-time greats club.

Fazalhaq Farooqi (Afghanistan)

17 wickets @ 9.41, ER: 6.31

Afghanistan moved away from being a team that threatened with their spin to having several seamers shine in this T20 World Cup, with Farooqi leading the way. The highest wicket-taker in the event, Farooqi was one of two players with a five-wicket haul. He shone against the big teams, scalping 4-17 in the win against New Zealand and then bagged 3-33 against India.

Anrich Nortje (South Africa)

15 wickets @ 13.40, ER: 5.74

Nortje was fast but, more importantly, he was accurate, becoming the first bowler to send down 100 dot balls in a single edition of the T20 World Cup. He was injured in the final but still conceded only 26 runs for two wickets in his four overs.

Jun 30, 2024, 02:53

Best South African batting averages:

Gous 43.8

Stubbs 33

Klaasen 31.66

Miller 28.16

Best bowling averages

Shamsi 11.63

Nortje 13.4

Rabada 15.0

Most catches

Markram 8

Stubbs 7

Klaasen 6

Jun 30, 2024, 03:04

But in fairness Stubbs and Klaasen were helped by not outs. De Kock had the highest total and Markram and Hendricks at 15.37 and 14.12 struggled.

Jansen at an average of 30.12 runs per wicket was almost twice that of any other bowler. 

Jun 30, 2024, 03:08

Reflecting on the final, Jansen had a poor outing with bat and ball. Markram failed badly, as did Hendricks but he probably got the best ball of the day from Bumrah.

Poorest shots belonged to de Kock, Stubbs, Markram and Klaasen….with Stubbs winning with an absolutely idiotic shot.

Our best players in the final were Nortje with the ball and Klaasen with the bat, a player much maligned on here.

Biggest disappointment has to be Markram. A player capable of sublime stroke play….but seemingly unable to control his hubris in the brief time it takes to bowl a ball. His contributions as a captain and bowler scarcely balance his regular failure with the bat.

This was the closest we have got and absent that insane catch on the boundary to dismiss Miller we might have limped over the line.

I’m going to miss my morning cricket although Wimbledon and the Tour should help.

Jun 30, 2024, 08:54

Quintie's dismissal irritated me.

He had just hit a 4.

They put a man there and bowl the exact same ball...and he fell for it.

When he hit the four, I immediately got worried that he'd get out on the next ball.

All he had to do was keep Klaasen company.

Jun 30, 2024, 15:08

He couldn’t play second fiddle….couldn't stay in the moment. De Kock is a deer in the headlights when the ball is moving….witness Afghanistan. But this was the flattest wicket ….his kind of wicket.

If he kept his head we could be WC champions today. It was his chance to atone for WC failures over the years.

Jun 30, 2024, 16:08

That catch off Miller in the closing overs was the match winner for sure.

Jansen was definetly not in form during this WC tournament, poor performance all round for him and the Proteas unfortunately.

But India are definetly the #1 team in cricket in this format.

Hardick sure secured his spot in the WC team with his all round performances during this WC.

Jul 01, 2024, 10:37

Now Mozart's  is critiizing  De Kock and praize Klaasen - D e Kock is a hare in the ehadlights.  Klaasen went out with an easier catch off the same bowler - difference was Klaasen ave away a much easier catch than De Kock did.   So was Klaasen a hare in the headlights too?   


Jul 01, 2024, 15:16

Moron….I said de Kock was a deer in the headlights against Afghanistan. The ball was moving and he was lost.

Against India the batting was much easier. Nonetheless he went for a ludicrous pull above his head right at the start of the innings…which was reviewed ….barely missing the gloves.

You could see him shaking his head, acknowledging that he was lucky. Then he played more conservatively and was well set at 38 to be the backbone of the innings.

At that stage he lost his head again and tried to hit a six right over the spot where a fielder had just been moved.

Stupid…if he just kept his head he could have done for us what Kholi did for India. Only Bumrah was doing anything with the ball, the pitch was benign.

Klaasen turned the match in our favor….it was a match winning knock. He needed to dial back a bit when we got ahead,  but sometimes that also backfires. He did enough, the failure was with de Kock, Markram and Jansen. 

And with Hendricks who got the best ball of the match and wasn’t good enough to keep it out.  And with Maharaj whose dithering after taking the single put too much pressure on the chase. I would have sent in Rabada ahead of Maharaj at that point.

Nonetheless we were within one miraculous catch of winning the damn thing. I for one feel it was a credible effort.

Jul 01, 2024, 18:47

Nah, it was Rooi'd jinxed us with his comment...

Jul 01, 2024, 21:23

"Nah, it was Rooi'd jinxed us with his comment..."

I don't deny it. We lost the key wicket of Heinrich Klaasen literally seconds after I posted "Go Proteas!"

On Sunday I texted "Go Max!" to my brother literally seconds before Max Verstappen drove Lando Norris off the track resulting in punctures for both drivers

I am the kiss of death!

Jul 02, 2024, 03:33

You had it down perfectly in the rugby WC when you ripped our rugby and Eluckmiss before the final….and incredibly we won the damned thing. Let’s have more of that.

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